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The Most Romantic Restaurants Around: Patch Picks

Here's where to take your sweetheart on Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day is a tough holiday.

Every year guys need to come up with something fabulous, and women need to know we're special

Although the old standbys, roses and chocolates, still work, here are some local ways to celebrate a memorable meal.

If you are looking for a candlelit dinner with table cloths and a fine wine that compliments the meal, here are two great restaurants. In Shorewood, , 700 W. Jefferson St. always delivers a quality experience. In Minooka, only one place comes to mind: , 103 Mondamin St. Both are long on ambiance, great food and stellar service. Beware, they are priced for what they deliver.

For those needing to save a buck but still wanting a charming place to stare into your sweetheart's eyes, , 1150 Jefferson St. in Shorewood, can't be beat. They offer a wide menu from filet mignon to baked mac & cheese, with prices to match. They still have a full bar, a nice wine list and a more casual ambiance.

Good ol' local color can be found at the , 25208 W. Eames St. in Channahon off Route 6. No need to dress up for this place. Customers report great food visit after visit. It is considered a local favorite for breakfast as well. If you need to bring the kids, this is definitely the down home choice. Dirty boots are welcome.

Lastly, for folks who just can't make it out for dinner, do not fret. is a great place to pick up fresh-baked, yummy breakfast treats. With the nice cafe tables inside, you can take your sweetie to lunch. Located at 24735 W. Eames St. in Channahon, it is a quick alternative if you want something different. 

For more information about these restaurants, call Louie's at 815-725-9800, Cookie's at 815-467-6667, Grill Marx at 815-730-1150, Lone Star at 815-467-6961, or Enjoi at 815-467-7533.

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